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So you where caught plagiarizing in your doctoral thesis... how should you react now? A short overview and explanation of different behaviour.

So you where caught plagiarizing in your doctoral thesis... how should you react now? A short overview and explanation of different behaviour.

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  • 1. Caught plagiarizing... ... now what? Short overview and explanation of different behaviour by scientific fraudsters Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 2. Deny / ridicule the accusation “The accusation that my dissertation was plagiarized is absurd.” (Guttenberg) Rather bad. Also works only if you have read your thesis and know it. Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 3. Play down “I am willing to check within the 1,200 footnotes and 475 pages for footnotes that are not set correctly, and [then] would consider this for a reprint of the thesis.” (Guttenberg) Might work. But you shouldn’t try this approach if there is plagiarism on ~95% of all pages. Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 4. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg Tim Bartel PolitCamp 11, 5. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 5. “The others are to blame” • Examiners (Koch-Mehrin) • Family (Guttenberg) • Dead soldiers (Guttenberg) Blaming others always looks bad. You’re not going to win with this strategy. Alternative: Don’t write a thesis at all. Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 6. Waive your PhD • Weaker version: “Let it rest temporarily” • Guttenberg • Pröfrock • Brinkmann (sent back his certificate) The university is conferring a doctorate and collects it again. You can’t decide by yourself that you suddenly don’t want to have it anymore. (But at first it makes a good impression...) Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 7. Creative defense • Invent a new citation style (Chatzimarkakis): “Citations in the text, not indented and without quotation marks, identified by footnotes. This creates room for speculation. I have therefore explicitly informed the University Bonn about the citation style used by me.” Works at most with people who never had casual contact with academic knowledge. Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 8. Legal steps • Saß • Koch-Mehrin Please... Not if you take doctorates from “nobodies” and kick them out for doing way less. Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 9. Impute denunciation • With VroniPlag denunciation protected by anonymity of the Internet, it has apparently become a socially accepted sport (according to Alvaro). “Who publicly pillories others and prejudges them has to do so in the open” demands the liberal. • If you don‘t have any factual arguments left... Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 10. Nice reactions “Good day, Haven’t you done enough damage already? There is nothing more disgusting as you informers. I do not know what you do exactly but if you spend so much time trying to denounce others, it seems that you‘re not getting along with your own life. Better get a job and earn money to pay taxes. You are the old man who lurks on the street, waiting for people to park incorrectly so you can press charges against them. People like you should be gassed, then our society would be way better. Unfriendly greetings” Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 11. Nice reactions Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 12. Leaving the country... ... is, of course, another possibility. Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011
  • 13. Possible alternatives • What I would like to see for a change: • Admit • Show remorse • Excuse • Redo your degree Tim Bartel (Wikia) Webmontag Köln, 20. Juni 2011Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2011